Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad arrives to attend Aidilfitri open house organised by Maju Holdings in Kuala Lumpur on Monday night. -- Pix: NSTP/MOHD KHAIRUL HELMY MOHD DIN

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said there was no discussion on transition of power during his meeting with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today.

He said the meeting with the PKR president only touched on "normal" issues.

"We only spoke about normal things…Nothing about that (succession issue)," he told reporters when met at the Aidilfitri open house of Maju Holdings here Monday night.

According to CNBC, it was reported that the prime minister said his government needed three years to reduce Malaysia’s debt from 80 per cent of Gross Domestic Product to 54 per cent.

When asked by CNBC’s news anchor Tanvir Gill whether he would stay in office to see out that goal, Dr Mahathir reportedly said: “No, I will not go beyond three years.”

Asked by reporters last night why he mentioned three years compared to two years previously, he replied: "I did not say three years; I said I needed a period to rectify things.”

In a posting on his Facebook page, Anwar said the meeting in Putrajaya touched on several current issues, including the need to boost domestic and foreign investment in the country. -- BERNAMA